View on the Missouri, Alluvial Banks Falling in, 600 Miles above St. Louis

  • George Catlin, View on the Missouri, Alluvial Banks Falling in, 600 Miles above St. Louis, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.363

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George Catlin painted views of the Missouri River during the spring floods, and this image suggests that the ground he stood on was threatened by rising waters. He wrote that the river was “filled with snags and rafts, formed of trees of the largest size” and that such conditions made for a “most frightful and discouraging prospect for the adventurous voyageur.” Catlin had a sense of humor, and called the Missouri his “River of Sticks, ” playing on the mythological river Styx that leads to the underworld. (Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 3, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
View on the Missouri, Alluvial Banks Falling in, 600 Miles above St. Louis
Artist
Date
1832
On View
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.5 x 36.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – river – Missouri River
  • Western
Object Number
1985.66.363
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